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As Britain's election nears, what do the main parties want to do about Brexit?

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As Britain's election nears, what do the main parties want to do about Brexit?
As Britain's election nears, what do the main parties want to do about Brexit?

Britain is expected to hold an election next month that will determine the outcome of its three-year Brexit crisis, with each of the major parties taking a different stance toward how, when and whether the country should leave the European Union.

What are the positions of the main parties?

Megan Revell reports.

As the UK approaches a December election, what do the main parties want to do about Brexit?

The Conservative government holds 298 seats out of 650.

It wants to exit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deal that he negotiated with the EU, as soon as possible.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "Now that 'no deal' is off the table, we have a great new deal.

We have a great new deal." The main opposition Labour party holds 262 seats, and wants to strike a different deal with the EU - before holding a second referendum.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITAIN'S OPPOSITION LABOUR LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "... we're the only party that will go into an election campaign that's very clear of the terms of an agreement we would seek to negotiate with the EU, the five pillars that I've often outlined, and put that to a referendum..." The Liberal Democrats only hold 19 seats, but are hoping to lure voters with a promise to cancel Brexit - and revoke Article 50.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY LEADER JO SWINSON, SAYING: "I will go into that election with the Liberal Democrat very strong position to stop Brexit and if people elect a majority Liberal Democrat government, on day one as prime minister, I will revoke Article 50." The Scottish National Party hold 35 of the 59 seats it can contest.

It wants to break Scotland away from the UK allowing it to stay inside the EU.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER, NICOLA STURGEON, SAYING: "Well, it's hard to imagine a deal that could be worse for Scotland.

It's worse even than Theresa May's deal.

It takes Scotland out of the EU, out of the single market, out of the Customs Union, all against our will..." Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is less than a year old, but is argues for a "Clean Break Brexit" and also opposes Johnson's exit deal.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BREXIT PARTY LEADER, NIGEL FARAGE, SAYING: "If it's Boris's new EU treaty or leaving with a clean break Brexit, it's a clean break Brexit every, single time.

We'd be free, no more Monsieur Barnier."

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